ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Protecting Children from Bullying at School

Updated on August 8, 2013

We've All Seen Him

The playground bully
The playground bully

When Bullying Goes too Far

Most of you have seen news coverage of the sophomore girl voted to be her class representative for homecoming as a joke. I know about all that media coverage. I know this problem has been going on in this school for over twenty years.

My daughter set up the support page that brought national media to a small town in northern Michigan. She has now made anti-bully her life mission. As a mom I cannot tell you how proud she has made me. As a community member I am now a pariah. My former colleagues believe I should have stopped her.

I could not have stopped my daughter if I had wanted to. She was bullied at this same high school. She has children who have been and are being bullied. It's something that needs to stop everywhere. Not just this small town.

While my daughter came home on Friday night for homecoming for the first time since 1995. She rarely comes home. We meet for lunch and shopping or I go stay with her and her family. She has no love for this town and no desire to visit. She was made to feel so unwelcome at the football game, she went to sit with the opposing team cheering section who came in orange in support of the young girl voted in as a joke.

Does the school know who's behind it? Yes. Will they ever be punished? No. Yet they have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. I'm not sure how exactly that works. Guess it's zero tolerance if you are someone deemed important by the school. My daughter was a member of the band, chamber choir, National Honor Society, and ran varsity cross-county and track all four years. Yet, she was still bullied. No one stepped it to stop it. She was NOT born here. That was the first issue. Her mom was a teacher here, that was a second issue. She was smart, funny, and talented issue three. A "friend" told her that she should move away after graduation. She wasn't born here and would never fit it. It worked. My daughter moved two and a half hours away. She rarely comes home and if she does, it's not for more than a few minutes.

Kids don't realize how bullying really affects the person being bullied. The number of teen suicides from bullying is astronomical. We have to stand up to this epidemic taking children. No I don't mean bullying back. That solves nothing. Bullies were most likely bullied at some point. It's the only way they find importance in their lives. It's the only way they know how to feel good about themselves.

My daughter has set up a bullying awareness website: . Please go check it out. Share it with your friends. Get people in your community to look at the school policy so this sort of thing doesn't happen to another student. My heart goes out to the Oklahoma family whose thirteen year old son could take it no more and shot himself last week in front of kids at school. This is what we are striving to prevent. Join us. Take up this cause for your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and those who come behind them.

My daughter has learned 'one person' really can make a difference. So as the saying goes: Be the change in the world you want to see.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      4 years ago from Nancy KY

      Pick something which interests you and blog about it. I have a friend who blogs about life on a farm. I'm a writer. I use this to help other writers at all stages in their career. I fear I've neglected it of late. I also blog at where no subject is taboo.

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Hmm it seems like your website ate my first cmnoemt (it was extremely long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for novice blog writers? I'd certainly appreciate it.

    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      7 years ago from Nancy KY

      Thank you for your kind words. I am not worried about the community not supporting this. One of the people my daughter knew in high school told her she was the bully, she had bullied the entire town. I don't believe that, just some people are feeling guilty about how they behave. I will always support my daughter when what she is doing does not hurt anyone. Thanks again

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm sorry that your community didn't support you but I'm impressed that you stood behind your daughter!

    • Duchessoflilac1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecka Vigus 

      7 years ago from Nancy KY

      Thank you, Michael. I believe you are correct it is the news media which has everyone squirming.

      If we save one life, make a difference for one child or adult who is being bullied we will have done what needed to be done.

      I am so very proud of my daughter. She was bullied and now takes the side of the underdog. In this case, the daughter of a former classmate. Not someone she had ever even met. But someone bullied in the same school she attended.

      Not once has my daughter blamed the school for the issue. Nor has she painted the town as bad. But there is a deep seeded evil here and it's name is Bully.

      Again, thank you for your kind words.

    • Michael Tully profile image

      Michael Tully 

      7 years ago

      You should be very proud of your daughter for her anti-bullying initiative, Rebecka, as I know you are. There are plenty of people who are publicly decrying bullying in the schools, but relatively few who are actually doing something about it. I cannot imagine why your former colleagues believe you should have stopped her, unless the powers-that-be in your community are squirming a little under the harsh glare of publicity.

      Hang in there, mom and daughter. Change agents often face a daunting uphill climb, but in the end, if you can make a difference, it will be worth the effort. May God bless you both.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)